TAIPEI - Taipei Zoo (台北市立動物園) Saturday reopened its Bird World, which displays over 30 bird species and around 200 birds to public.
Zoo spokesperson Chang Ming-hsiung (張明雄) said Bird World was built in 1986 and opened to the public in 1987; however, the fence and net of the external wall had been damaged by typhoons and rainfall over the past few decades.
Chang further noted that in 2012, in order to enhance prevention of bird flu, the Taipei Zoo decided to renovate Bird World, replace the net, increase the food source for birds and redecorate the plants setting in the area.
Visitors can observe closely birds from various continents, the Taipei Zoo said, noting that among the 32 species the Violet Turaco and Australian Crested Pigeons are new additions to the Taipei Zoo.
The zoo further said that the Bird World is divided into three habitats, including a pond area, the ground floor and the trees. The Australian Crested Pigeons mostly stay on the ground and the Violet Turacos spend their time in the trees the zoo said.
As Violet Turacos are shy towards strangers, and visitors who wish to observe them have to be patient and observe carefully, the zoo said.
The Taipei Zoo has planted numerous types of trees for birds to rest in, including banyan, Erythrina variegata, ficus superba and Bombax ceiba trees.
Apart from the trees, the Taipei Zoo also set up a sand bunker for species like the Australian Crested Pigeons to wander in. The zoo noted that a pair of Australian Crested Pigeons has built a nest.
The Taipei Zoo also urges visitors to walk on a sanitizing mat and clean their hands with sanitizer before and after leaving the site. The zoo stressed the rules of no feeding, touching or chasing the birds in Bird World.